Ingenuity 17 call for entries

UK’s largest entrepreneurship competition – 3 day dynamic conference – £100,000 prize fund



What is Ingenuity17?

Ingenuity17 is the University of Nottingham’s (UoN) annual, tri-campus entrepreneurship competition.  Open to all UoN undergraduates, postgraduates, alumni and early stage researchers in the UK, Malaysia and Ningbo.  Sponsored by partners Santander Universities, Shakespeare Martineau, Potter Clarkson, BDO as well as the University’s Asia Business Centre and Careers and Employability Team.

What will the competition entail?

During February 2017, entrants have the opportunity to take a new idea through a variety of development activities, in order to submit an outlined business plan and financials.  The top 20 of entrants will be invited to pitch in the semi-finals; followed by the final pitch event for the top 5 entrants.  The competition will culminate in a prize ceremony in April, where winners will be awarded a share of the £100,000+ prize fund.

The Competition

The competition is split into two main sections.  The Ingenuity Conference on the 17, 18 and 19 February 2017 (UK only); and a business plan competition:

Ingenuity Conference

The Ingenuity Lab will take over the Trent Building for three days of intense ideas development.  The Friday and Saturday will see development sessions, inspirational speakers and mentor development – taking entrants ideas or existing activity; and developing them towards being market ready product or service.  Entrants will be assisted by industry experts, specialist academics as well as peers.  The final day will end with hundreds of pitches, as each team compete for specialist mentoring into the competitive stage in April.

Please note: Participants in Malaysia and Ningbo will have localised development events.  However all applications, business entries, pitches and the Prize Ceremony will be in the UK.  Overseas entrants will not need to travel to the UK to enter.

Corporate Reception

During the evening of the 17 February 2017, there will be a Corporate Reception creating a networking opportunity for Ingenuity17 mentors and sponsors.

Pitching Competition

On Sunday 19 February 2017, teams formed during the conference will get the opportunity to practice their pitch, resulting in hundreds of practice pitches, as teams compete to be crown the winner.

The Business Plan Competition

After the development session, entrants will have time to develop their business plan for entry into the competition.  Entrants will be asked to complete an online Ingenuity Business Plan entry form, which will then be independently assessed in the UK.

The Top 20 will be invited to attend three days of pitching in order to find our winners, and who will share in the £100,000+ prize fund.  Overseas finalists will pitch via video.

Ingenuity Prize Ceremony

A VIP prize ceremony will be held on 12 April 2017, celebrating entrepreneurial achievement by awarding this year’s winners.

How to Enter

Places are limited; therefore a business idea needs to be registered to apply for a place at Ingenuity17.  Teams, or individuals, must fully complete a simple online registration form; which requires a brief outline of the business idea, team information, and the availability of the team to attend the events linked to the competition.  The deadline is 27 January 2017.

Who can apply?

The competition is open to any UoN undergraduate, postgraduate, alumni or early stage researcher.  Externals may enter as long as they are part of a UoN team. Teams are limited to 5 people and entrants must ensure that participation does not affect your academic work.

Prize Fund

The £100,000+ prize fund consists of the following:

  • Vice Chancellor’s Entrepreneurial Potential Prize
  • 1st Prize
  • 2nd Prize
  • 3rd Prize
  • Prize for best pitch
  • Asia Business Prize
  • Malaysia Business Prize
  • Potter Clarkson Prize
  • Shakespeare Martineau Prize
  • BDO Prize
  • Entrepreneurship Grants

Further information

Further information can be found via the Ingenuity Lab website or by sending an email the Ingenuity Lab team.

Key Dates

  • Registration Deadline: 27 January 2017
  • Ingenuity17 Three Day Conference: Friday 17 – Sunday 19 February 2017
  • Submission of Business Plans: Friday 10 March 2017
  • First Round of Pitches: 27 – 30 March 2017
  • Pitch Finals: 3 – 7 April 2017
  • Prize Giving Ceremony: Wednesday 12 April 2017